Brackley Town 0-0 Banbury United 20 July 2019
Little to cheer in pre-season local derby
Near neighbours Banbury United played out a near soporific and instantly forgettable 90 minutes at St James Park, United holding firm as Saints dominated possession but could not create clear cut chances until a late push saw Lee Ndlovu, substitute Tendai Daire and then Jimmy Armson go close to breaking the stalemate.
Until the finale there was little to excite spectators as neither team got into their stride. Puritans’ boss Mike Ford will be pleased with his side’s clean sheet while Kevin Wilkin was satisfied with another run out for his team but frustrated not to turn possession into goal chances.
Carl Baker made his first start and with Glenn Walker and Thierry Audel unavailable Wilkin put out a strong starting XI. Striker Daire gained further game time replacing Dan Holman just after the hour mark.
“We didn’t move the ball quickly enough at times,” Wilkin said. “Despite a lot of the ball we did not test the keeper or threaten the goal enough. There are things we have to do better and we know what we have to work on but overall I am satisfied with where we are at this point in our preparations.”
Eddie Odhiambo was but one of the former Saints players in the Banbury side making a return to St James Park and enjoying a warm reception from the home supporters.
Brackley have two more games before the season starts with the visit of The Cobblers to SJP on Tuesday evening and then a trip to Southern Premier League side Stratford Town next Saturday.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe (Myles 55), Franklin, Byrne, Dean, Langmead, Fairlamb, Armson, Holman (Daire 65), Ndlovu, Baker (Murombedzi 55).